Smart Sand (NASDAQ: SND) and CRH (NYSE:CRH) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Smart Sand and CRH’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Smart Sand $59.23 million 5.80 $10.37 million $0.66 12.88
CRH $30.00 billion 0.98 $1.38 billion N/A N/A

CRH has higher revenue and earnings than Smart Sand.


CRH pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Smart Sand does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Smart Sand and CRH, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Smart Sand 0 4 6 0 2.60
CRH 0 1 3 0 2.75

Smart Sand presently has a consensus target price of $13.28, suggesting a potential upside of 56.21%. CRH has a consensus target price of $32.50, suggesting a potential downside of 7.49%. Given Smart Sand’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Smart Sand is more favorable than CRH.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

49.6% of Smart Sand shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.4% of CRH shares are held by institutional investors. 46.4% of Smart Sand shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Smart Sand and CRH’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Smart Sand 18.67% 14.41% 11.85%


Smart Sand beats CRH on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Smart Sand

Smart Sand, Inc. is a producer of Northern White raw frac sand, which is a proppant used to enhance hydrocarbon recovery rates in the hydraulic fracturing of oil and natural gas wells. The Company sells its products primarily to oil and natural gas exploration and production companies and oilfield service companies under a combination of long-term take-or-pay contracts and spot sales in the open market. It owns and operates a raw frac sand mine and related processing facility near Oakdale, Wisconsin. In addition to the Oakdale facility, it owns a second property in Jackson County, Wisconsin, known as Hixton site. Its sand reserves include a balanced concentration of coarse (20/40, 30/50 and 40/70 gradation) sands and fine (60/140 gradation) sand. Its reserves contain deposits of approximately 20% of 20/40 and coarser substrate, over 40% of 40/70 mesh substrate and approximately 40% of 100-mesh substrate. Its 30/50 gradation is a derivative of the 20/40 and 40/70 blends.

About CRH

CRH public limited company (CRH plc) is a building materials company. The Company’s segments include Europe Heavyside, Europe Lightside, Europe Distribution, Americas Materials, Americas Products, Americas Distribution and Asia. Europe Heavyside segment is engaged in the manufacturing and supply of aggregates, asphalt, cement, readymixed and precast concrete and landscaping products. Europe Lightside segment manufactures and supplies products and solutions for customers in global construction markets. Through its Europe Distribution segment, the Company distributes building materials to professional builders, specialist heating and plumbing contractors, and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) customers. Americas Materials segment is a vertically integrated supplier of aggregates, asphalt, cement, readymixed concrete and paving and construction services. Through Americas Distribution segment, the Company is a distributor of roofing, siding, drywall, ceiling systems and related accessories.

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